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Best Choices: Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, Grandmaster Flash and more for your Las Vegas weekend

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contact)Friday, Nov. 2, 2018|2 a.m. Halloween is gone and the holiday beckons. Benefit from this weekend between the insanity by taking in a concert magnificent on the Las Vegas Strip, or perhaps have a look at a hip-hop pioneer in North Las Vegas.

BARRY MANILOW Among the many highlights of Manilow’s most current Vegas production is a thunderous performance of “Mandy” which sees him duet with himself– or the 1975 variation of himself, when the tune first broke as his first No. 1 hit. It’s just one of the fan favorites from this program at the Westgate International Theater and it’s back for 6 more programs this month before returning again in February. November 2-3, info at westgateresorts.com. DIANA ROSS The age-defying icon from the Motown and disco ages returned to her brand-new Strip house at Repetition Theater on Halloween night and continues with 2 more shows this weekend and six more performances this month, sharing her timeless hits and timeless style in an intimate environment. November 2-3, information at wynnlasvegas.com. POSTMODERN JUKEBOX PMJ is understood for tweaking modern-day pop hits using flavors from various vintage musical periods. The ever-changing cumulative drops into the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage for a special limited engagement this month, carrying out through November 11. This musical experience is never the very same show two times. November 2-4, information at mirage.com. GRANDMASTER FLASH A Rock-and-roll Hall of Popularity conscript with his original group the Furious Five, Grandmaster Flash is one of the godfathers of hip-hop and originated cutting, scratching and blending, the fundamentals of being a DJ in any category. The turntable wizard lands in Las Vegas for a show at the Cannery Saturday night. November 3, information at cannerycasino.com. MAXWELL Pop-punkers Blink-182 basically own the Pearl this month but soul male extraordinaire Maxwell (“Ascension,” “Pretty Wings,” “Fortunate”) sneaks into the just recently refurbished Palms venue for smooth Sunday night session. November 4, info at palms.com.

‘America’s Got Talent’ winner Shin Lim is prepared for Vegas stage

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Courtesy Shin Lim headings five shows at Paris Las Vegas this weekend.

An experienced pianist who moved from music to sleight-of-hand magic after being detected with carpal tunnel syndrome, Shin Lim considers and develops performance in his own distinct method. He does not speak with his audience when controling playing cards and making things vanish, counting on dramatic music and perfectly timed motions to captivate the crowd.

It’s a fresh take on a traditional art, and it’s the reason he won season 13 of “America’s Got Talent” in September. Lim is headlining five shows of “AGT Live” at the Paris Theater this weekend with other finalists from the competitors show: vocalist Courtney Hadwin, comedians Vicki Barbolak and Samuel J. Comroe and trapeze and stunt artists Mary Ellen Wolfe and Tyce Nielsen, aka Duo Transcend.

For Lim, a 27-year-old artist born in Vancouver, the Paris shows are the initial step towards a strong Strip presence. He’s currently received several offers for a Las Vegas residency.

” I would love to have a residency here and it would be incredibly cool, and I’m getting a great deal of requests so that’s very good news,” he states. “Prior to ‘AGT’ I never ever even pictured that I ‘d have the ability to pick. I constantly thought I ‘d be fortunate to get provided one.”

Lim is no complete stranger to Vegas, having actually appeared on “Penn & & Teller: Fool United States” four times and making the trip to the Rio to sign up with the duo’s show two times. He gathered adequate time to go to David Copperfield’s illusion-filled spectacular at MGM Grand on this check out, however Friday night’s program at the Paris will be Lim’s very first correct efficiency.

He names longtime Strip magician Lance Burton as one of most significant impacts and inspirations: “His style was just something I was drawn in to, stylish but modest, and he had deception in his show which truly intrigued me.”

Lim discovered his own style while carrying out in China before any of his big TV appearances. He was still speaking throughout his act, and while he speaks some Chinese, the audience there was having a hard time understanding him “since I had an American accent,” he says. “I believed, I might too simply not talk. So I did it calmly to music and the responses were even louder and better. I thought, oh my God, I’m onto something, and just chose it.

” Probably the hardest thing to do is develop this dramatic environment without all the showgirls and spaceships and things like that. It has a lot to do with the subtleties of modifying the music and the act itself, changing certain things for visual appeal. You don’t require these grand things to still have a legendary atmosphere in the show.”

” America’s Got Skill Live Las Vegas” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4 at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at caesars.com.

The restlessly imaginative Ang Kerfoot makes music, theater, visual art and more

Ang Kerfoot is a lady of numerous trades. For the previous 3 years, the singer-songwriter has actually developed experimental, trip-hop and jazz-infused bodies of work, including this year’s electrical mélange, Feast de Cactus. But recently, she has actually relied on other artistic endeavors, things she’s always wanted to try but hadn’t previously.

This month, she’ll launch Trumpster Children, her first EP with hubby and beatmaker Joseph Wozniak, in the nick of time for the couple’s five-year wedding event anniversary. “The album is all over the place with electronic beats and live guitar and live bass and drums,” she states.

Long before Kerfoot pursued her own solo efforts, she was teaming up in the music scene, releasing albums with another Vegas electronic manufacturer, Dana Dau, and carrying out on and off with Vegas jam band staple Moksha. The self-described “sage-burning hippie wizard” is no complete stranger to taking on multiple projects. “I remain moving,” she says. “It keeps me sane.”

In June, Kerfoot sent a story with friend and author Liz Charon for the Las Vegas 48 Hour Film Task, taking house the award for Best “Idea Provoking” Film, and in September, Kerfoot worked together with good friend Joshua Smith for Cockroach Theatre’s 24 hr Play Project, whipping up a story about storm chasers who fulfill on Tinder.

“I have actually wanted to be on Broadway considering that I was a kid,” Kerfoot states. “And I constantly wished to do composing for it. I just wished to explore it to try to comprehend the dynamic of it and how it works.”

Now that she has her foot because door, she’s dealing with local theater and improv groups like Cockroach, Majestic Repertory and Bleach, completing and offering anywhere they need aid. “I had been on a path looking for a theater people,” Kerfoot states. “I’m constantly asking, ‘Where are my people at?’ to myself. It feels truly natural because scene due to the fact that everyone you fulfill is fluid in pastimes and motivated and holding down a job, too.”

In between her music and theater efforts, Kerfoot is a social employee and work trainer at a local Goodwill shop, training people for the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and “helping those who need a hand up,” she states. There, she has likewise found time to pursue visual art. “We process old books, so I’m always finding old pages on the flooring,” she says. That led her to developing her own blackout poetry, a minimalist art type in which people use a marker to “black-out” the text from pages in old books, creating a totally new significance and poem.

For her September joint program at ReBar with Britney Kid, all of the pages she repurposed were found at Goodwill, and each poem was completed on her work breaks. “They can prove that if they wish to look,” she chuckles, pointing to the cameras in her workplace.

And if you see a collaborative thread going through all of Kerfoot’s projects, it’s no mishap. She credits her network of good friends for pushing her out of her convenience zone and into new arenas. “Without partnerships, I do not believe any of this would’ve achieved success,” she states. “That’s what gets me motivated.”

The Love Goddess Judy Tenuta gets a star on Las Vegas Boulevard

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alt=” Image “/ > Paul A. Hebert/ AP Actor Judy Tenuta attends Tommy Davidson’s 50th birthday celebration at H.O.M.E. on Sunday November 10, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Like anybody who’s been going to Las Vegas often for many years, Judy Tenuta has a lot of excellent stories to share.

” My really very first time was when I was not known extremely well but I was working with Mitzi [Coast] at The Comedy Store and, oh my God, this was back before all the TELEVISION things and even prior to my very first HBO unique,” says the “Love Goddess” comedian and actress understood to incorporate the accordion into her stand-up act. “I was there for Thanksgiving and Mitzi had all these comics together for Thanksgiving supper.

” And then when I returned in the summertime of 1987 I opened for George Carlin at Bally’s and that was really great since my moms and dads got to meet him. I grew up Catholic listening to him state all these wild things about priests and whatever, because he grew up Catholic, too. When I was on trip with him we would speak to each other in these odd voices, he ‘d do it and I ‘d talk back in a various voice, all the way to the program. His manager would finally state, ‘Will you guys stopped talking?’ And George would tell him, ‘No, we get to have a good time, too.'”

Tenuta, 61, has actually been around all sorts of stars through almost 4 years in comedy, but there’s an unique star in Las Vegas awaiting her next week. She’ll be honored on her birthday, November 7, when her name is contributed to the Las Vegas Stroll of Stars on the Strip in front of Paris Las Vegas.

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Judy Tenuta “I’m really thrilled due to the fact that I might be sandwiched in between Mr. Las Vegas and who understands, possibly Siegfried and Roy? That could be interesting,” she says. “I was welcomed to see Siegfried and Roy back when I had all those specials and after that Siegfried made a recommendation to me throughout the program. I’m just grateful he didn’t make me come onstage with the tiger. That’s where I draw the line.”

Tenuta has actually done numerous comedy specials for HBO, Showtime and Life time and appeared dozens of times on late-night talk shows, more recently appearing in “The Vaginal area Monologues” and “Menopause the Musical.” She’s been chosen twice for Grammy Awards, was the very first winner of the Best Female Comedian reward at the American Comedy Awards and is quickly acknowledged for wild and crazy commercial projects with MTV and Dr. Pepper.

Tenuta headlines the Palm Springs International Funny Celebration later on this month. She’s still doing stand-up these days, although a bit more selectively at a pace that fits her lifestyle, while working on independent films and maintaining an active YouTube channel.

” It’s nice to select the programs I would like to do and that’s what I choose when I do the live show. At my age, you do not constantly want to go to towns with names like Padacki or Bullhonk,” she jokes. “And I’m sorry to state I’m not yet one of those individuals, an ex-wife of some person so I can be on Desperate Housewives of Beverly Hills or something.”

Tenuta has actually been characterized as one of the pillars of so-called “character funny” in the 1980s and 1990s stand-up scene, because of the over-the-top “Petite Flower” persona she embodied. But she states every comedian is expanding and extrapolating his/her or their character throughout an efficiency.

” When you talk with people like Jay Leno or Jerry Seinfeld, even they need to magnify whatever their basic essence is. It’s still a character however not as overstated as somebody like Sam Kinison or Steven Wright,” she says. “I have actually certainly done films where that’s different. I did one called ‘Desperation Boulevard’ where I play a former kid star who will do anything to pick up, and I have to tell my crazy supervisor I’m not going to rob a corner store.

” So what I’m stating is, would I ever stray from my formula? Yeah. I will. I’ll be a visitor cadaver on ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ however just if they’ll let me come to life.”

Paul Reiser is back on the stand-up stage at Aliante Casino

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Jordan Strauss/ AP Paul Reiser gets to the premiere of “Stranger Things” Season 2 at the Regency Bruin Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Los Angeles.

You started as a stand-up comedian and have actually done it on and off throughout the years. Does it feel excellent to be returning to it just recently?

I took a long period of time off, not intentionally, when “Mad About You” started in 1992. I was off the road, dealing with the show full-time and content to sit tight working and writing from home. It’s only been a few years, perhaps five years back doing it. I first began 35 years earlier and I have actually constantly seen stand-up as my default position, and any acting thing was the sidebar. Which’s sort of how I still view it now and I have actually been starting to book more dates, since for one thing it’s really enjoyable for me, and the more I schedule it, other things come in and distract from it. I’m not grumbling. I attempt to do it as frequently as I can.

There’s been a great deal of TV talk lately about a possible reboot of “Mad About You.”

I never actually wished to do a reboot since I thought we did an excellent task of ending it well, we arrange of checked off every box and it appeared like the ideal time to land the aircraft. But this last year individuals have actually been talking a lot about reboots, we couldn’t not talk about it, and I thought it may really be enjoyable. So we stated sure, we’ll do it, if they can determine how. We’re on board and the studio is figuring it out how to make it work and if not, I’m more than happy to let what we did stand on its own. Helen [Hunt] and I had so much enjoyable interacting and playing off each other, however we likewise realized it would not be a reboot as much of a reviewing, or an extension. The show was always about a couple, and we began the program simply as they got wed which is an interesting entry point, and now it’s 25 years later so it’s a sort of empty nest, beginning over thing. And I’m going through that myself as my youngest child left for college a month ago. It actually alters your world and you get to look at marital relationship with fresh eyes, like, what we were speaking about 25 years back? So this could be a creative spot to jump in.

You shot an episode of Amazon Prime’s brand-new show “The Romanoffs,” which has an unique facility. What was that experience like?

Really fascinating. It’s a new program with eight episodes that have nothing to do with each other except each has a story about someone who is or declares to be descendent of the Russian royal family. It resembles eight different, little movies. But it was fantastic fun and I got to go to Prague. In my episode, Christina Hendricks plays an actress who goes to Europe to make a film about the Romanoffs and things start to go actually wrong and scary. I play her agent who is telling her, don’t fret, whatever’s fine, however then it enters into this dark, surreal location where you don’t know what’s real and what’s her psychosis.

You have some other tasks coming that will likely cut into your stand-up time, too.

I’m going to New York to shoot a new series I’m not allowed to talk about for Fox, and I’m gearing up to do a movie I composed, ideally shooting in Ireland in the spring, as soon as it gets warm. It has to do with a New york city man and his distant Irish loved one who are attempting to bury the hatchet between 2 disenfranchised sides of the family. It’s sort of a sweet, fun funny, but yes, in the middle of all this I’ll be doing more stand-up.

Paul Reiser carries out at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 3 at the Access Showroom at Aliante Gambling Establishment & & Hotel (7300 Aliante Parkway, 702-692-7777) and more details can be found at aliantegaming.com.

Weekend Rewind: Criss Angel wraps at Luxor, Catch captures all the stars and more

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Casamigos Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney make the scene at the Casamigos Halloween celebration at Catch on October

Sunday, October 28, marked the final show for Criss Angel at Luxor, the conclusion of a decade-long cooperation with Cirque du Soleil. It started on Halloween night in 2008 with “Criss Angel Believe,” which the illusionist and TELEVISION star re-conceptualized into a brand-new show, “Mindfreak Live,” in 2016. The next advancement, “Criss Angel: Mindfreak,” is set to open December 19 at World Hollywood, however Sunday’s emotional ending was all about Angel’s achievements so far on the Strip. He spent some time to welcome magical peer Siegfried Fischbacher during the show, and as has actually been the case sometimes in current months, Angel’s 4-year-old son Johnny Crisstopher made an appearance, this time thanking the audience “for caring my dad.” Angel wasn’t the only one in tears.

Aria’s brand-new dining establishment made rather the splashy debut over the weekend. Catch, an Asian-influenced sushi, seafood and steak location understood for bring in celebrities in Los Angeles, New York City and Playa Del Carmen, began with a grand opening party Friday night including sees from The Chainsmokers, Floyd Mayweather, Jermaine Dupri, Tyson Beckford and Vegas Golden Knights faves William Karlsson, Alex Tuch and Malcolm Subban. The scene was elevated Saturday as the notorious Casamigos Halloween celebration took control of, starring the tequila brand name’s co-founders George Clooney and Rande Gerber dressed as airline company pilots and iconic supermodel (and Gerber’s spouse) Cindy Crawford matching, costumed as a flight attendant. Kendall Jenner was also in the running for the best costume of the night as a fembot from the Austin Powers films. Other stars making the scene: Joey Fatone, Jermaine Dupri making it 2 nights in a row, J.B. Smoove, Gelila and Wolfgang Puck, Karolina Kurkova, Marlon Wayans, Steve Aoki and sister Devon Aoki and rap artist Nas, who grabbed the mic for a surprise efficiency.

Salt-N-Pepa Open Vegas Residency Launch slideshow” The newest performance residency on the Strip commemorated its grand opening Thursday night at the Paris Theater and it was clear the entertainers onstage had as much enjoyable as the stars in the audience.” Salt-N-Pepa’s I Love the ’90s: The Vegas Show” featured the harmonious quartet All-4-One and rousing rapper Rob Base along with the titular hip-hop superheroes for its preliminary run through Saturday; the high-energy program returns November 8-12 with En Style and Kid ‘n Play joining Base. Salt( Cheryl James ), Pepa( Sandra Denton )and DJ Spinderella( Deidra Roper )energized the theater Thursday while musical pals SWV, Al B. Sure and Mark McGrath danced along from their seldom-used seats, together with other helpful Vegas entertainers David Goldrake, Sabina Kelley, Jeff Leibow, John Caparulo and others. Earlier Thursday, the Grant a Present Autism Structure hosted its ninth yearly Fashion for Autism Gala, the first-ever fundraiser hung on the ice at T-Mobile Arena. Dubbed” A Golden Night, “the gala consisted of a” gold carpet” checked out by Austin” Chumlee “Russell, Backstreet Boys Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough and Las Vegas Aces center Carolyn Swords and performances by the Vegas Golden Knights’ drumline, dancers from the Rock Dance Business and a style show presented by Sewn and Michael Andolsek. Gabe Ginsberg/Spiegelworld” Absinthe” celebrates 4,000 shows. The addictive” Absinthe” celebrated its 4,000 th show at Caesars

a parade of the” stars of the Strip “– those

questionably costumed buskers you know so well from Las Vegas Boulevard– through the aisles of the big white Spiegeltent. As if that wasn’t event enough, Freed’s Bakery presented a three-tiered cake to mark the occasion. Mike Tyson was making the rounds this weekend, having a look at “I Love the ’90s” at Paris on Friday night( and going backstage to hang with Salt-N-Pepa after the show )and hitting Drai’s Bar at the Cromwell Sunday for a live set from Fabolous. Cherished regional coffeehouse Sambalatte is now serving the valley’s theatergoers with a brand-new area, its fourth in Las Vegas, at The Smith Center for the Carrying out Arts in downtown’s Symphony Park. Specialty brews are on the menu like the

Hakuna Ma-Latte in honor of the upcoming run of “The Lion King.” The store will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a versatile schedule during show days.

Piff the Magic Dragon continues his Vegas takeover

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Piff the Magic

contact)Monday, Oct. 29, 2018|2 a.m.

. A year back, comic magician Piff the Magic Dragon– a preferred from “America’s Got Talent” and “Penn & & Teller: Fool Us”– strengthened his presence in Las Vegas by relocating to five reveals a week at the Flamingo and cutting back on his busy touring schedule to spend more time on the Strip. The results include breaking all box office records at the Bugsy’s Cabaret space over the summertime and accelerating his schedule.

Piff and his magic performing chihuahua Mr. Piffles now strike the phase nighttime other than for specific dark dates and the show was simply extended at the Flamingo through completion of 2019.

“Having the ability to carry out every night has made the program a lot better. Being able to remain in one location allows us to work on the tricks more than if we have to visit every night,” says Piff, whose human name is John van der Put. “Likewise being able to be around individuals like Penn and Teller, David Copperfield and Mac King has likewise really been terrific, to get recommendations from those individuals and really be able to up our video game.”

Remaining stable in Las Vegas is all about that elevation of production.

“Certainly we want to preserve the quality of the program and that often means trying not to put new tricks in until they are truly prepared,” he states. “That can slow down the pace [of making modifications] a bit but it likewise gives us a much better way to work the product in.”

Initially coming from London, Piff still strikes the road as much as he can, often three or four times a month and somehow discovers the time for the Piff Pod, a weekly podcast that goes behind the scenes of his wonderful dragon life consisting of interviews with fellow entertainers and tales from his trips.

“It’s a lot of fun to do, simply a method to stay connected with fans and supporters and people who come to the program,” he states. “Every week there’s some sort of insane incident and excellent to document them all.”

Next up is a lot more TV. Piff is completing production on his own funny special that should be released in early 2019 and he’s likewise been dealing with an upcoming “AGT” champions special and a brand-new show with Penn Jillette.

Piff the Magic Dragon carries out at 8 p.m. nighttime at Bugsy’s Cabaret at the Flamingo (3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-733-3111) and more info can be found at caesars.com.

All The Vegas Podcast: Restaurateur and culinary pioneer Elizabeth Blau

She’s the founder and CEO of prolific dining establishment development company Blau + Associates and a James Beard Award candidate, but we like Elizabeth Blau since Vegas would not be rather as Vegas without her. After graduating from the Cornell School of Hotel Management, Elizabeth began her hospitality career with the famous Maccioni family and discovered her way to Las Vegas when Le Cirque negotiated to broaden to Bellagio.

Steve Wynn hired her to establish Bellagio’s game-changing restaurant and chef lineup however that was just the first task that permitted her to make a significant impact on Las Vegas. She went on to work together with the late Kerry Simon to create his hip, convenience food-focused dining establishments, developed another excellent dining portfolio at Wynn Las Vegas and teamed with her spouse chef Kim Canteenwalla on their first independent venture, Honey Salt– one of the

city’s favorite neighborhood restaurants .

All The Vegas ATV13: Elizabeth Blau All The Vegas hosts Brock Radke and Mark Shunock talk with restaurateur and Vegas culinary pioneer Elizabeth Blau.

We talk with Elizabeth about her new Honey Salt Culinary Scrapbook; the experience of dealing with the enormous Parq Vancouver job over much of the last year; working together with “the Cake Manager” Buddy Valastro for < a href ="http://buddyvsrestaurants.com/"target= "_ blank"rel= “noopener”> a pleasant Italian restaurant on the Strip; and her love of the ever-expanding, dynamic off-Strip dining scene.

EPISODE 13: THE VEGAS YOU NEED

Elizabeth stays infatuated with Yui Edomae Sushi, among the top Japanese dining establishments in this city or any other.

Mark loves the ’90s and he makes certain you will too when you have a look at the brand-new

I Love the ’90s performance residency at the Paris Theater. Brock has actually begun the countdown clock: You only have a couple of more months to see Celine Dion do her thing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.